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William James “Will to Believe” Study Questions 1. Where was William James a professor for most of his career? 2. What were some of James’ intellectual interests? 3. Why was James called the “nitrous oxide” philosopher? 4. What is James’ main objective in the essay “Will to Believe?” 5. What does James mean by a genuine option? (Understand the components: live, forced, momentous, as well as James’ illustrations of each). 6. What is evidentialism? Who does James cite as representative of this viewpoint? 7. What does James mean by our “willing nature”? What is its significance in this essay? 8. What is “absolutism” and “empiricism”? 9. What two intellectual duties does James discuss? How are they related to our passional nature? How does James use this observation to critique W.K. Clifford? 10. James thinks that sometimes our believing something creates the fact that makes the belief true. How does James illustrate this? What is its significance for the argumentation
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Unformatted text preview: in the essay? 11. Does James think that moral beliefs are the kinds of beliefs that we should adopt only after considering objective evidence? Explain. 12. Does James think that it’s always permissible to believe something in the absence of positive evidence? 13. Does James believe that we should go ahead and believe something even if there is significance against the belief? Explain. 14. What does James mean by the “religious hypothesis”? What are its two components? 15. Why does James believe that the religious hypothesis is forced and momentous for many people if it is live for them? 16. James takes a pluralistic approach to religion. What does this mean? And what is James’ philosophical justification for this attitude toward religion? (Hint: Last three paragraphs of section X of the essay)....
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2011 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Delevati during the Fall '08 term at S.F. State.

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